This holiday is arguably the most enjoyable of all celebrations in the US. There's just something about indulging in a never-ending meal (literally...we usually have leftovers until I swear off turkey for another year) in the company of family and close friends.
A cool glass of rosé may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your meal for Christmas day, but there's actually something rather wonderful about drinking pink at this time of year. There are many styles to go for, but my heart's in Provence...
You may have seen my last takeover of Mummy's writing, anyway, I'm back. She's busy on her phone pretending to work when really I know she's on facebook, looking up people she used to know but didn't like well enough to stay proper friends with. Mothers are funny like that. If I don't like someone I just throw a plastic brick at them. Or bite them. I like to be clear.
Consumerism in that sense connotes material consumption. Consumption however, is also a word used to describe the act of eating and drinking. We are all consumers in that sense whether we choose to subscribe to the capitalist model of conspicuous consumption of superfluous material goods or not.
Like a lot of Brits I'm leery about picking wild mushrooms. Hedgerow fruit, no problem. Wild garlic, absolutely. But in spite of the fact that I often picked field mushrooms with my dad when I was a child, I'm funny about funghi. Too many Agatha Christie novels at a formative age, perhaps, along with a yawning gap of ignorance...
Turkey is the perfect year-round destination for the traveller who simply can't make up his mind. Whether you're looking for the hustle and bustle of a city, or the slower pace of life on the coast, Turkey can cater for you.
I can't help wonder if the whole premise of a fancily produced show set yearly on the other side of the world is all that necessary, when right on our doorstep is: 'I'm a Toddler Get Me Out of Here... no don't actually, I've changed my mind. No Mummy, I not want to get out of here! I do! I don't! Give me a biscuit!' (It's a working title)...
Have you ever considered going vegan? Well if it's something you've thought about, then World Vegan Month is here to help. All throughout November there's lots of different things happening to educate people about veganism, and help those who want to make the transition to this lifestyle.
Popular Barbican Gastropub, The Jugged Hare, has launched a limited edition "Finger Lickin' Pheasant Bucket" in celebration of National Pheasant Week. Available from 16 to 22 November in, the bucket features eight pieces of deep fried pheasant. Feeling game? I was when I accepted an invitation to sample a bucket. Now I'm feeling fine (and full).
Italian sausages are very special as they tend to be made with a combination of fresh pork and cured, so they have the addition of fennel seed, nutmeg and other seasonings. This gives them huge amounts of flavour so they are perfect to use in a pasta sauce.
Ridiculous conflicting advice on egg yolks, salt, alcohol and chocolate has made front page news several times this year, and this confirms one thing: innocent members of the public have become a silent plaything in the game of dietary research. The rules are ever changing and it's become somewhat of a farce.
These unconventional dishes may seem completely bizarre and perhaps stomach-churning to us now, but in the future they could help to solve a global food crisis. Over the next 35 years, the world's population is expected to exceed nine billion, meaning there will be an extra two billion hungry mouths to feed.
Toad in the hole, for anyone reading this outside the UK, does not involve eating amphibians. It is a traditional British recipe for sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter and an economical way of making a few sausages feed a whole family.
Hotchpotch Seaweed Sourdough Porphyra spp. or laver is a red seaweed. Although, when you spy laver on rocks, it may look khaki green or even black....
The fact is, the real 'superfoods' in your diet will be the ones that give you the bulk of your macronutrients and micronutrients. The ones that you can afford to eat each day. Because, let's face it - when you're on a budget, the last thing you need is to be blowing £9.99 on a 100g bag of spirulina.
It sounds pretty sound. Until you realise that the whole palaver is a strange sort of amends to the community, for pissing a lot of people off with their previous crowdfunding campaign, which was accused of making light of the plight of trans women and homeless people earlier this year.